Meet Kwami, now barista @thecoffeemovementsf. I can easily say that this café is easily one of San Francisco’s hottest up-and-coming coffee shops focused on top notch customer service and the pursuit towards creating the best coffee experience possible.
As I was flipping through my @driftmag article on ‘Stewardship,’ it immediately struck me that Kwami, was indeed a subject in the photography portion of my article. It’s moments like this that remind me why the specialty coffee industry will always have a significant slice of my heart.
Taking it back to 2018 when I competed in the US Brewer’s Cup. It wasn’t the achievement of placing 6th in the nation that made me feel accomplished, but embracing the process and people who’ve helped me along the way. Perusing through the @baristamagazine issue this Sunday over some @heartroasters ☕️ has brought so many memories back 🥰
TGIF ... and thank goodness for @madcapcoffee. Naming this coffee ‘Party’ was spot on. This Ethiopian offering literally tastes like a festival in your mouth. Not that you know what that’s supposed to taste like? Guess you’ll have to try for yourself! 🤤 #mymadcap
The need for coffee is a very real thing.. @publicuslv delivered, thanks for the awesome hospitality 👌
💥NEW POST IS LIVE!💥 It has been an exciting time to feature @cambercoffee and talk with Co-Founder, David Yake. Filled with inspiration, thoughtful philosophies in coffee, I’m stoked to share with you the latest in the Interview Series! Peep the link in the bio to find out more about the rad Bellingham-based coffee roaster. 👌☕️
It’s an honor to be supported by such an awesome company and to have the chance to contribute for them! Check out their latest article. Let’s talk cupping 💫☕️ Link to the article is in my bio ⚡️
The effortless charm that Stockholm possesses is something to experience for yourself. The newest blog featuring @fikabaren is out. Be sure to add this spot to your list as it’s one to sip up, slow down, and enjoy fika. Link is in bio ☕️✨
Toasting to all the humans who’ve made my experience working in the specialty coffee industry such an enriching and memorable one. •
Tomorrow’s my last day at @equatorcoffees, and I’ll surely miss everyone who’ve left an impression on me. •
I’m so excited for what’s next, and get stoked for some captivating coffee content delivered your way! •
Expect to peep the newest article, featuring @fikabaren, dropping next week. •
(There are so many more individuals I wish I could tag, but @instagram only allows for so much)! Until then, cheers to you ❤️🙆♀️☕️
@vervecoffee Kenya Giankanja is Tasty AF 💥💦 Well played friends 🤙 Miss these cool kids in Santa Cruz 🌊. In the meantime, SF has taken care of me 🙆♀️☕️
Grabbing brunch here this past Sunday had me feeling quite “homesick.” After leaving Sweden in December, I felt as though my heart never left. @kantinesf, thank you for giving me the 🇸🇪 feels. I’ll be back there soon, friends 💙
Stockholm, you win. I knew your filter coffee was already the best, but your magical 🦄 water certainly takes the whole fika experience to another level. Day 1 successful! Shoutout to @johanochnystrom @pugabelle @maxholmberg99 for serving up this 🔥 Kenya AA 🇸🇪💙 #Svenska
Inhale the good, exhale the bad. Control what could be, and let the rest free 💙
Coffee, the elusive liquid that helps people push towards making dreams a reality ☕️💆♀️
New blog featuring @stovetoproasters is up! Read about this 🔥 roaster and check out the Ethiopian Deri Kochoha!☕️💥🍒 Link is in bio 👉
Fall’s got me seeking for some Hygge vibes. @wearemazarine nailed it 👌 @onyxcoffeelab El Salvador Santa Rosa spro is litty 🤤
➡️E S S E N T I A L S
All the plants and foliage pairs flawlessly with my new @mkstudio_cph cup. Mad props, Magdalena, mad props 🤟☕️
Receiving a dose of Aussie hospitality @camposslc ✨ @camposcoffee really knows how to do it up ⚡️ Cheers!
Soothing the summer swell with a Mint Julep Spro 🌿☕️
‘The whole idea of coffee is bringing people together, and we strive to do just that.’ - @lembutler
Check out the full interview piece that I have with @kyle_rampage @lembutler of @blackwhiteroasters ! Link is in the bio ⚡️☕️
It’s been a long time coming and I’m so excited to talk with David Yake, Co-Founder of Bellingham, Washington-based Camber Coffee. In this interview series, we chat shop, dive into David’s current single origin offering, and find more about his perspective being in the specialty coffee industry .
When I found out about Charlotte, North Carolina-based coffee roasting company, Hex Coffee, I was immediately drawn to its beautiful, minimalist styled packaging. I’ve had the pleasant opportunity to chat with Co-Founders, Tanner Morita and John Michael Cord. In this installment, Tanner and John Michael will be sharing their account of what specialty coffee means to them as well as giving you a “day in the life” of what it’s like to own a roasting company!
It’s truly a pleasure and treat to chat with Head of Coffee and Development of Sudden Coffee, Umeko Motoyoshi! Umeko is no stranger to specialty coffee and when it comes to innovating and disrupting the scene with the delectable product that’s out to democratize coffee for all, she’s your go-to expert. Today, she’s sharing more about her coffee journey and how her experiences lead an exciting future for what’s ahead at Sudden Coffee.
It’s always my favorite time to talk about beautifully delicate coffees that are sourced from the highly praised Yirgacheffe region in Ethiopia. For Artesia, California based micro roasting company, Solid Coffee, it’s no surprise of the quality craftsmanship and meticulous efforts this company put forth in its seasonal Ethiopia Yirgacheffe single origin offering.
New York is the place that’s known for its concrete jungle and fast-paced lifestyle. For New York City-based Rosalind Coffee Company, Founder and CEO, Walt Deezy is throwing down some mad game with the company’s sourced coffees.
Specialty coffee and instant coffee are polar opposites of each other. However, for the innovators and Co-Founders at San Francisco based Sudden Coffee, Kalle Freese and Joshua Zloof are shattering the preconceptions of what specialty coffee should be while creating a new concept that “no-brew” coffee is totally a delectable AND hip trend.
It is with great honor and fortitude to talk about one of the world’s highest acclaimed coffee roasting companies: The Barn Berlin. Ever since I took my first step into working in the specialty coffee industry, I have heard many remarks of The Barn’s sourced coffees being on the “MUST try” list. With so much anticipation and excitement to try, I nervously contacted the company, and I couldn’t have received nicer response from James Harper.
I just want to thank all of you caffeinated, specialty coffee lovers for being so patient with me! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve talked coffee! In this week’s digest, I’m covering Torch Coffee’s Rwanda Hingakawa.
It is always a whimsical and enlightening experience when a coffee WOWs your palate! Not only is it a refreshing feeling, but it also makes me wonder and imagine how far coffee can be pushed into revealing its upmost potential and development.
Any coffee company named Killer Roasting Co. must turn heads and draw attention! In this week’s feature, I am super thrilled to share with you all about this Pasadena, California based specialty coffee company and their rendition of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Idido.
In this week’s coffee cover, I’m talking about some wonderful specialty coffee coming from Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Let’s discuss about Anodyne Coffee. Hailing from the cheese capital of the US, Anodyne Coffee roasts all of its coffee in micro batches, ensuring a quality roast and satisfaction with customers in every bag.
It is absolutely beautiful to see what is shaking up in the world of specialty coffee. When it comes to providing consumers with clarity and so much more perspective than the past in regards to coffee traceability, the time we are in has never been brighter.
It was in mid-May that I discovered the Sugarland, Texas based coffee roaster, Luminary. The inspiring story of this roaster first starts from the founder, Mr. Michael Cox as well as the history of the country where this coffee is sourced.
It is an inspiration to see the “Third Wave” coffee movement start taking its course in various parts of the country, especially when it is in my home state. In the growing city of Rocklin, California is where Mast Coffee Company roasts its micro lot, single origin sourced coffees.
It is such an invigorating experience to try my first cup of specialty coffee roasted from a company outside of the United States. It is a reminder and an empowerment to know that this industry is so young and still has a large room for growth.
It was in early April that I connected with Estate Coffee Company, a micro-roaster hailing out of San Antonio, Texas. Throughout the process of choosing coffees for me to feature, this company stood out by how they articulate the art of roasting coffee to its customers.
Founders of Kaito Coffee, Holly & Paul are truly making a movement over in Hudson, QC, Canada!
Upon initially stumbling across this coffee roaster on Instagram, I immediately noticed the personalized touch and care that the company offers, by showcasing different coffees for different people with different palates. Now of course, I assume that you’re going to say, “Well most roasters do offer that by labeling the taste notes and you decide what to pick based on your taste preferences.”
Last December, I had the blissful opportunity to wander the streets of Stockholm, and within the first few hours, I knew I was in love with the city and the country. In this installment of EmmMeetsCoffee, I’m talking with Lakis Psomas, founder of Fikabaren.
When your hometown has not just one, but TWO specialty coffee shops open, you know awareness and buzz around it is being built just as quickly. Opening earlier this year in Central Fremont, Slapface Coffee & Tea brings hip, modern industrial vibes and some wonderfully crafted beverages for its customers to enjoy.
I can remember the first day I started drinking coffee as a daily ritual; playing the balancing act of being in two college sports at the varsity level while performing well in classes, I absolutely needed something that was going to assist in keeping me awake throughout the daily grind (hehe, see what I did there, literally AND figuratively). It was a little over six years ago that I started sipping on this brown, warm liquid that adults would religiously say “was the livelihood of their mornings.”
It’s been a minute that I’ve been gone. But sometimes, as you know, life happens. Lately, I’ve experienced a whirlwind of emotions ranging from the highest highs of happiness, and on the other spectrum, the lowest I could possibly imagine. I’ve given time to myself to decompress, embrace, and reflect on those moments and past events.
Was there a time in your life that you felt a tight, compelling knot in your heart to pursue your dreams? To the point that you decided, “maybe, just MAYBE I should just go for it?!” If so, what I will say is that you’re absolutely NOT ALONE.
A non-dairy based alternative, this simple almond date milk recipe holds very well and pairs with coffee perfectly! I’ve experimented time and time again to see which specific non-dairy combination can blend and marry coffee together without compromising taste or texture.
When most people think of what specialty coffee is, the most common things I hear include something along the lines of “Oh wow! I can actually enjoy this drink black.” or “Why is this coffee priced at a higher rate than the common counterpart coffee company that is seen everywhere?” (Name not included for respectable purposes, but you get where I’m going with it).
It’s finally been executed: the first all-in-one pour over coffee maker! This means for all of you travelers, business conductors, at home moms, etc. (the list really goes on and on) you can now have freshly ground, on-the-spot pour over coffee! Did I mention that all you need in addition to this handy dandy apparatus is just hot water? Amazing! I know.